…diapers that is. I was so gung ho about cloth diapering Madilyn, and I told everyone who would listen how superior they were.
I still believe they’re fantastic I still love cloth diapering. Kinda. The fluffy butts are adorable, the prints are so much fun, and the health/environmental benefits can’t be beat. But…But… My love for cloth diapering was trumped when…
The unthinkable happened.
I lost my stash. The entire stash, except for maybe 4 diapers.
“How do you lose a stash?” you may ask.
Well, when you have a Whirlpool washing machine that is a big, fat piece of steaming pile of poop, it’s not so hard. This Whirlpool Duet Sport washing machine started giving me trouble only a couple of months after I purchased it in 2008. We had service on it so many times you have to use both hands, and a couple of toes to count. So one fateful day in 2012, I was putting the diapers in on their first rinse (the rinse where you remove all of the residue and urine from the diapers), and the piece of poop (there’s going to be a lot of poop talk in this post) stopped working. Just stopped working. There was poop water all in the barrel, and the door was LOCKED. I couldn’t get into the washing machine to retrieve my diapers, though I’m not sure I would have wanted to. I unplugged it, tried to restart the load, everything I could think of but nothing worked. The worst part about this whole scenario is that it was a Sunday and we were leaving to go to Raleigh to find a house for our impending move. I didn’t have time to call yet ANOTHER repairman to come fix this piece of feces that was full of feces, so I left it. We were gone for 4 days. I figured when we got home, we would get it fixed and I would simply sterilize the diapers and soak the crap out of them.
So we get home, drain the tub (thank you, Workaholic for doing that, I would have thrown up), and try again. We then get a phone call that the house we put an offer on went to someone else (we’re just renting so it’s not like we had found our dream home or anything). We had VERY limited time to find something, so we made the decision to head back to Raleigh that day. Draining the tub seemed to fix it, so we put the diapers in to rinse again. Then the EXACT SAME THING HAPPENED. My entire stash of diapers swimming in brackish poop water. I felt so defeated.
We headed out for Raleigh again and left the diapers to rot. After calling several repairmen and being told that it was going to be $85 just to come out and look at this piece of crap Whirlpool machine, and one repairman admitting to me that he thought he knew what the problem was and that it would be cheaper to buy another washing machine, I put the crappy washing machine by the street and left it there. Diapers, poop water, and all.
I decided that I was switching to disposables for the remainder of Grady’s life in diapers. Then I realized I was spending upwards of $20 every week and the thought sickened me. I talked to The Workaholic and we decided that I would go buy some prefolds and a few covers and start cloth diapering again.
Not gonna lie, I’ve regretted that decision every day since. The Stinky has the nastiest poo on the face of the planet. It’s like peanut butter. It doesn’t come off of the cloth diapers very well and even those toilet paper-looking bamboo liners don’t contain the mess. One day while I was swishing a poopy diaper around in the toilet bowl, I got some turd on my thumb, I had splashed poop water all over my brand new shirt, and the dung wasn’t coming off of the fluffly insides of the diaper. I sloshed feces-infested water all over the wood floor in the bathroom (WHO PUTS WOOD FLOORS IN BATHROOMS?!??!?!?) as I was trying to get the sopping wet, crappy diaper into the wet bag, and I burst into tears.
I couldn’t do it anymore.
I was going insane.
I flung the wet bag across the bathroom and may have uttered a 4-letter word rhyming with spit, as I proceeded to scrub my hands in scalding hot water before tackling the poop-water floor. I went back into the bathroom to flush and wipe the floor down, when the toilet began running over.
My toilet bowl runneth over. True story.
And that was the absolute end of cloth diapers for us. Again.
But our wallets just couldn’t afford for us to keep buying $20 packages of diapers every week. The Stinky poops minimum 4 times every day, and always immediately after you’ve changed his diaper for a new one. He’s awesome like that. Because of his peanut buttery poop, we have a hard time finding diapers that contain his mess and I end up doing a ton of laundry.
It stinks. Literally.
So I searched high and low for disposable diapers that could contain his mess, hold his overnight pee, whose tabs wouldn’t fall off when I yanked too hard, and that wouldn’t break the bank.
A light shone down from the heavens over Family Dollar one day. Actually, that’s not true. I got a shipment of wipes and diapers from them to try out. They have their own brand of diapers, wipes, and trainers called Kidgets. They retail for $6.50 for 31 Size 4 diapers. I can buy two packages for $13 and it will last me 10 days. That’s a far cry better than $20/week. I can now afford to buy a bottle of wine to drink after a long day of changing poopy diapers.
These diapers have a really soft outside shell and are extremely trim. They are so thin I was worried that they wouldn’t be good for overnight, but they’ve been fantastic and we haven’t had a single leak using them. The thing that amazes me the most is that when I pull the tabs out, they don’t rip off like most inexpensive brand disposables do. I can’t tell you how many perfectly good diapers I’ve thrown away when a tab just rips off. That really chaps my hide.
They are simply designed, with no frills or cartoon characters on them. After finding Kidgets diapers, I realize that with other diapers, you aren’t always paying for a superior product. You are instead paying for their advertising, and license fees to use cutsey characters on your kids bum. Great! Poop on Pooh Bear! Cute! Expensive. Period. I’ll never buy another licensed diaper again, especially now that I’ve found Kidgets.
OH! And their wipes? Fantastic. I’ve used a large retail store’s wipes for the few months, after switching from the more expensive brand. They’re very flimsy and I often get yuckies on my hand while changing a diaper. Plus, I have to be careful which scent I get because The Stinky’s bum is very sensitive to perfumes. Kidgets wipes are fantastic AND inexpensive. I paid $2.00 for a 74 wipe pack. They have two scents (Unscented and Fresh Scent). We stuck with the Unscented because of The Stinky’s bum, and have been extremely happy with them. A HUGE bonus for me where the wipes are concerned: There is a fancy latch on the packaging that you have to push down to make the lid pop up and The Stinky hasn’t figured out how to use it yet, so I don’t have to worry about him wasting all of my wipes cleaning the leather furniture.
So there you have it. WHY I’m done with cloth diapers and WHICH disposable diapers I have switched to.
I want to hear your diaper and poop horror stories!
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